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World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
21 Dec 1915 1
Taylor TX 2
Death:
30 Jun 1984 1
Rockdale TX 2
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Person:
Joseph Anton Stiborik 2
Joe Stiborik 1
Gender: Male 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-1539 1
Birth:
21 Dec 1915 1
Taylor TX 2
Death:
30 Jun 1984 1
Rockdale TX 2
Cause: Unknown 1
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World War II 1

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Army 1
Enlistment Date:
14 Jun 1943 1
Organization:
Army 1
Organization Code:
ARMY 1
Release Date:
21 Nov 1945 1

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RADAR OPERATOR ON PLANE THAT DROPPED HIROSHIMA BOMB DIES

  ROCKDALE -- The Radar operator on the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, has died of a heart attack at age 69.   Joseph A. Stiborik, who died at his Texas home Saturday, was one of a crew of 12 who took the B-29 bomber on its historic mission on Aug. 6, 1945.   Stiborik seldom talked about his war experiences or about dropping the atomic bomb, said his sister, Cecila Dreyfus of Ann Arbor, Mich.  But he was often asked for his autograph and questioned about the bomb, she said.   "He never considered himself a hero, even though a lot of other people did," Mrs. Dreyfuss said.  "He was a soldier who had a job to do and he did it."   Stiborik was born in Taylor, Texas.  He attended Texas A&M University and studied cotton grading before volunteering for the Army Air Corps in 1942, his sister said.   "He was a super patriotic person," Mrs. Dreyfus said.  "Ouf family is of Czech descent, and after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia, he felt he had to do something."   Ms. Dreyfuss said her brother and the other crewmen who took off in the early morning for Hiroshima, a Japanese city of 300,000 that had been spared from heavy bombing, knew their mission was unusual.   "They knew they were on a special mission, because the chaplains were there to see them off." Ms. Dreyfuss told the Austin American-Statesman.  "Normally the chaplains came out only after a mission."   The Enola gay carried just one 9,000-pound bomb that the crew had nicknamed "Little Boy."  It killed or wounded more than half of Hroshima's population.   The bombing of Hiroshima, and of Nagasaki with another atomic bomb two days later, brought World War II to an end.   After the war, Stiborik left the Air Corps as a sergeant and moved to Rockdale, where he became a superintendent of maintenance at Industrial Generating Co.  He retired in 1982.   Survivors include two daughters, three sisters and a step-mother.   The Galveston Daily News Wednesday, July 4, 1984

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